HC Deb 12 May 1931 vol 252 cc1005-6W

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of quartern loaves of bread made from a sack of wheat; the present price of flour; and how much of the 7d. paid for each quartern loaf represents the cost of the corn in the loaf?

prior to 13th March, 1930, at South Shields, on the ground that the applicant was not genuinely seeking work?


The following table gives information in respect of the South Shields and East Boldon Employment Exchanges. Separate figures for the South Shields Exchange alone are not available. The figures for certain grounds of disallowance other than those specified in the question have been added because a comparison between the periods in the table would otherwise be misleading.


There is a not inconsiderable variation in the output of bread per sack of 280 lbs. of flour but the normal yield may be estimated at 92 or more 4-lb. loaves. The present price of London straights flour, delivered in, is 23s. 6d. per sack of 280 lbs. The present cost of the wheat in a 4-lb. loaf may be estimated at about 2¼d. plus the handling charges (loading, unloading, commission, etc.), and the cost of the inland transportation of the wheat, the milling of the wheat and the transport of the flour.